A Review of the Potential of Liquid-Methane Fuel for Supersonic Transports

  • R. J. Weber
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 14)


Starting in late 1964, studies have been conducted to explore the potential of liquid methane as a fuel for aircraft[1–4]. Particular emphasis has been placed on its application to the proposed commercial supersonic transport (SST). The purpose of this paper is to review, for the nonairplane specialist, the results obtained to date.


Noise Limit Engine Noise Turbojet Engine Direct Operating Cost Supersonic Aircraft 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1969

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. J. Weber
    • 1
  1. 1.NASA Lewis Research CenterClevelandUSA

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